Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson: Meet and Greet Party. I was so thrilled to be able to attend Jann’s blogging party, and then share about me on her linky Meet and Greet party. Jann is even more amazing in person, and TALENTED! Her home is full of lovely vignettes and beautiful chippy furniture. It is all so very carefully curated. I will be doing a separate post on the party later in the week, and show you some pictures of her home!
Here is a little bit about me. First of all my name is Joanne Ellen Boulter. I have always been called Jo by most of my loved ones so I thought that for the ease of blogging I would use Jo. I have always like the Anne (Annie) and wished that I had been named that, I have a great aunt by that name who is an identical twin to my great grandmother (Twins do run in the family). I am 5′ 8″ in height, and never mind the weight. lol Blonde hair and blue eyes. As a young child I leaved in many towns as my father was finishing up his education, they were Murray UT, Cedar City UT, Alexandria VA, Parowan UT, Orem UT, West Jordan UT , St. George UT, and then we finally landed on a small horse ranch in South Jordan UT. I graduated from Bingham High School in 1972. Then married in 1973. We had four children. Candice, Adam, Dane, Nathan. They all graduated from Bingham High School as well. They are all married and have families of their own and live all over the world. I have 11 grandchildren, one sweet grand lives with our Heavenly Father. They are such a joy to me. If I knew that having grandchildren was going to be this great I would have had them first! lol
I grew up showing horses. It was a lot of work. Because there was four children Dad saw to it that we all had the chance to do everything with the horses. Dad was very hands on. I not only learned to ride horse like a pro (because we competed against the pros and Dad always thought that a lovely young women took the eye of a judge than a man, he did all of the training) but helped with cleaning stalls, (YUCK) building fences, and barns, washing horses, feeding and watering them, working them out, polishing tac, keeping the barn clean and pulling weeds. I even helped Dad stitch up my horse one evening because she had torn the hide off of her chest and it was dangling there, I was ready to go to a meeting and was in a dress, but it was my horse and I had the responsibility to help. So I held the horse and the twitch on her nose while Dad stitched her up. She never had a scare out of 50 something stitches, Dad was amazing. I did make it to my meeting.
This is the mare that I rode most of the time. Her name was Miss Blue Cactus. We called her Missy. She gave us 10 fouls, all grand-champions. She was so amazingly trained. Above shows me with Missy after winning a Western Pleasure class in Logan UT, there were 50 in the class. I was 18.
My Mother taught me so much as well, she was also a very hands on Mom. As children we helped her in the yard. Her house was hers and she enjoyed making it beautiful. I never made a bed until I got married because Mom enjoyed doing these things. When we would be out riding she would close the blinds in the house so she wouldn’t see us fall or get hurt, and that happened every once in a while. Yup, spills off of a horse was common. I broke my tail bone from one fall. Mom’s decor was always Early American, I grew up with a great respect for interior design. This is where I learned to really love decorating an inviting beautiful home.
Interior design is who I am. I love to create things that are beautiful and inviting to others. Years ago I decorated my first home in a Spanish theme. This is really dating me, but yes in the 70’s this look was huge. Red and black were the colors. I can’t believe I did that. The kitchen was in yellows and had harvest gold appliances! Later in the home that I raised my children in I had Americana design, then after moving to a new home that we built, I decorated it like a cabin. It was really lovely. How I wish that I had pictures. Then after my divorce I wanted to do something that reflected me, with all of the testosterone (it dripped from the walls) in my home I wanted something a little more feminine, and growing up out to the barn – well nothing was ruffly in my life. So I sold all of my decor or gave it away and started over. All of what I bought was vintage or antique pieces.I Lots and lots of painted furniture, I was queen of the paint brush and really enjoyed it, and still do.
So I started to add lace, flowers, ruffles and lots of chippy painted furniture to my decor. I gave my new look the name of Romantic Farmhouse. I got my first laptop and started to research this type of design and found out that it actually had a name! Shabby Chic! I thought that I had discovered something new. lol So I followed Rachael Ashwell and her Shabby Chic design like a hawk. Then I found two magazines that had my style in it, Romantic Homes, and Romantic Country. I was in business. I poured over magazines, books and the internet like a crazy women. I was in love. It spoke to my heart.
I was the lace and ruffle queen. But as I surveyed my home I thought that it had become so feminine that it made me uncomfortable. What to do? Then I found Jeanne d’Arc living. This design is what was missing in my home. Adding French Nordic design to Shabby Chic gave me a Romantic Farmhouse look that I love, yes, this one is a keeper – at least while I am single, who know knows I may get the chance to do a little something different. I will always have a chippy, vintage look, with soft lovely fabrics, it just speaks to my heart.
Well, this is just a touch that makes me tick. Come over and visit often, I will always have something new to offer in the Romantic Farmhouse design.
Go over and see Jann’s wonderful blog and the meet and greet.
Enjoy your day!
I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home
Inspiration Monday Party @ What Meegan Makes
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill
Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm
Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner
Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose
Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques
What’s It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure
Before and After Wedensday @The Dedicated House
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson
Share your Style @ The Essence of Home
Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner
Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Thing’s
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique
Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home
Anythings Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai
Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane
Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk
Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice
Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies